The Minister of National Defence, the Honorable Anita Anand, today announced that Canada has authorized the deployment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel to train new recruits to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as they seek to increase the size of their ground forces in the face of the continued unprovoked, unjustifiable and illegal invasion of Russia.
As part of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training and capacity building mission in Ukraine, the CAF will deploy up to 225 personnel to the United Kingdom, the majority of whom will work as trainers, supported by a command and control, for an initial deployment of approximately four months. The first of three training cohorts, consisting of approximately 90 soldiers, will largely be drawn from 3rd Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battalion based in Edmonton, Alberta. Their departure is scheduled for August 12 and will begin to give lessons in the following weeks.
The first Canadian-led courses will take place at a military base in south-east England and will teach a flexible curriculum focusing on the individual skills required for front-line combat, including weapons handling, first battlefield care, field craft, patrol tactics and the law of armed conflict
Operation UNIFIER was launched in 2015 at the request of the Ukrainian government, and earlier this year was expanded and extended until March 2025. Some aspects of the mission were temporarily halted after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, with a commitment to resume training when and where conditions permit. Since February 2022, Canada has committed or provided $626 million in military assistance to Ukraine, including M777 artillery howitzers with replacement barrels and compatible ammunition, as well as specialized camera drones and vehicles combat support armor and related training.